After a lovely long weekend off, Highmoor have been working hard this week. In Numeracy, we have been revising the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We counted the faces, vertices and corners of each 3D shape before sorting them into a Venn Diagram.
Towards the end of the week, we were practising solving word problems in preparation for our maths assessments next term; adjusting to the unfamiliar wording of questions and how we would tackle trying to solve them.
In Literacy, we have been continuing our research of the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. Using the information gathered, we selected main headings. We then compiled research into paragraphs with sub headings to produce pages for an information book. Next week, we will be adding features of non chronological writing such as a glossary and an index.
In Computing, we’ve been continuing our unit entitled, ‘What is the Internet?’ We recognised that the internet is not a physical object but instead a representation of computers connected together over a network; they are inter-networked. We learnt that computers send messages to each other using a computer-router-server-router-computer system and use IP addresses to identify individual computers.
To help us visualise it all, we went out into the playground to act out a computer network and send messages to each other. The children acted as computers, routers and wires.
Above, Archie is acting as the school router with Dylan, Louie, Eden, Felicity and Georgia representing the computers that are connected to him.
In Topic, we have moved on to learn about earthquakes; what they are, what causes them and how they are measured. We looked at the three ways in which the Earth’s tectonic plates move and the names of these plate boundaries. We used our pens to help us visualise this and acted out a transform plate boundary where earthquakes are most common.
We studied the scales used to measure earthquakes and the difference between the Richter Scale and the Mercalli Scale. We put the statements in order to form the two scales side by side.
We also learnt about emergency action plans and how to follow them to stay safe in earthquakes.
Highmoor were very fortunate to have a special visitor in class this week, Dylan’s grandma, Mrs Hobbs, an art teacher. Mrs Hobbs taught us about different shading techniques and how we can use different resources to create different textures in our work.
Linking it to our geography work, we created scenes of natural disasters. Below, Matilda and Octavia are demonstrating how to create different tones using a pencil. Jake, Archie and Kits were experimenting with oil pastels and pencil crayon to create their own pictures of a volcano.
We also took it in turns whilst working in small groups to create a class collage of a volcano erupting and an earthquake causing a subsequent tsunami.
Here is the finished piece!
By the end of the lesson we’d learnt that, art isn’t just drawing and colouring but it’s much more than that and that pretty much any materials that you find can be used to create art.
In PE this week, we have been further improving our cricket skills by practising our throwing (Joe and Matilda below) and teamwork skills whilst playing a game of diamond cricket (bottom image). Tennis this week was cancelled due to heavy rain.
Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to be in school before 8.45am on Monday for our trip to the National History Museum! Please remember: a packed lunch, a bottle of water, a snack, a pen or pencil and some coloured pencils.